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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Medical Trends

Medical Trends And Changes In 2018

Unless you really pay close attention to healthcare in the United States, you may not realize that medical trends are changing all the time. In fact, 50 years ago people would not even consider getting a tummy tuck, but this is a safe and common procedure which you can learn more about by visiting this website:

Physical therapy is also very common for people now, but in the recent past this field that did not even exist. The best physical therapists Jersey City has to offer are having a powerful impact and really making a huge difference in people’s lives and health.

With that said, there are currently some powerful medical trends taking place in 2018. We would like you to know about them, so you can better understand them and consider incorporating these changes into your day-to-day life as well.

Wearable Tracking Devices Are the Norm Right Now and Continue to Become Even More Popular

20 years ago wearable fitness trackers were completely unheard of. Now they are a regular part of our day-to-day life and it is estimated that more than 70 million people are using them in the United States. That is roughly 25% of the population, which is why it should come as no surprise that this industry is expected to become a $25 billion juggernaut in 2019.

But why are these fitness trackers so popular? For starters, the statistics are very motivating. People have a tendency to beef up their fitness routines, because they want to continue to watch their stats improve.

This is definitely a good thing, because increasing your physical fitness is definitely going to be a major boon for your health. As you make greater progress, your body will thank you and your health will definitely reflect these changes.

Fitness trackers also provide accountability. Remember, these trackers are so much more than just simple step counters. They can also track your sleep patterns, calorie consumption, and so much more. You will stay accountable by paying close attention to your numbers and taking the necessary steps to continue to improve your stats across the board.

Improving Patient Satisfaction Is the Name of the Game

At this point in time, patients are finally starting to get the care and help that they deserve. The medical industry is currently focused on providing the best patient care possible through increased engagement, helpful advice, and so much more.

Because of this additional engagement, patient satisfaction scores are beginning to creep up in the right direction. This is positive and definitely powerful for the medical industry on the whole because providers are really beginning to listen to their patients, hear them out, and provide adequate healthcare to meet their needs. Plus these relationships make patients feel good, because it shows that doctors and other members of their medical team really care about them as people too.

Technological Advancements Improve Patient Outcomes

Technology has changed healthcare for the better and it will continue to do so as time goes by and it improves over time. With the advent of new technology, some treatment options are now more accessible than ever when in the past this wouldn’t be possible.

As an example, one company is now providing mobile dialysis. Instead of patients needing to visit the clinic to get their dialysis, the dialysis machines are now coming to them. This is more efficient for patients and it is a great example of taking powerful technology and making it even more accessible to the average person.

Final Thoughts

As you have probably noticed, the latest medical trends are continuously changing and many of these changes are happening for the better. So, pay close attention to these changes and figure out how you can use them to benefit your health and longevity over the course of your lifetime.


How To Pick The Best Hair Color For Your Skin

We match our concealers and foundations to our skin tones for the perfect look and application and the same should happen when it comes to our hair color.

Oh, you want that new foundation? Great! What is your skin tone? Um, I think maybe medium? Or could it be Light 2, Light 5, or Medium Fair? But my friend told me that all girls can have red hair, no matter what their skin tone. Is that true? What about this color shirt, how does it look? Does it show off my eyes? Make them stand out? Do these questions sound like you? If so, well, you are like 99% of women who are making bad choices left and right when it comes to their foundations, lipsticks, clothes, and most importantly: their hair color.

Figuring out what color best flatters truly starts with your skin tone, but finding out whether you fall under warm, cool, neutral, fair, medium, or dark without the help of a makeup artist or professional can be challenging to say the least. And there is no test or quiz, like the ones we often find that will match our foundation to the perfect shade. So, we often go through magazines, bringing our colorist an image of something we think looks spectacular, only to find out, our reference was for someone that has a completely different skin tone than ours. For those of you who do not want to invest in a frontal sew in or sew in hair extensions to achieve a temporary new hair color we have created a guide of suggestions when it comes to all things hair color, so you can feel confident you are making the choice that is best for you, and only you:

  1. Find your skin surface color

What is your surface color? Well simply put, it is what you see in the mirror and you probably already know which you are. But there is some confusion out in the world, like when it comes to “fair” and “light, so here is your easy guide to finding your skin surface color:

Fair: You are very fair and prone to burning to a crisp in the sun. Your skin has cool, milky, blue/red undertones and you literally cannot get tan no matter how much oil and sun you get. You are also prone to redness and skin conditions such as rosacea (on places like your cheeks).

Light: You are different from fair. While fair girls have blue/red undertones, you have more yellow, pink, and beige undertones, but are you are both on the on the cooler side of the color scale. Containing rosy/peach undertones, your skin flushes easily when you are embarrassed, but you can pull off cool-colored makeup (think blue metallic eyeliner).

Medium: Your skin is medium in color and you have been told you have olive undertones. You have equal amounts of pink and yellow undertones, which leaves you with very neutral skin. You are known to have more options when it comes to makeup and the sun tends to like you.

Deep: You have a dark, deep complexion and most likely brown eyes. You tend to look the best in brightly-hued clothing (think royal purple or a bold green) and you can pull off more intense colors when it comes to your makeup (burgundy wine lips, purple eyeshadows).

  1. Determine your skin undertones

Cool: Pink, red, or blue undertones.

Warm: Yellow, peach, or golden undertones.

Neutral: A balance between both cool and warm.

Still confused? Here are five easy ways to determine your skin tone

Check your veins: What color are your veins? Bluish-purple means you are on the cool side. Greenish means warm. If you are not sure and your veins look bluish-green, you may be neutral.

Do you tan or burn? Those that tan easily are warm-toned, while those that get red instead are usually cool.

Do you blush easily? If so, you are on the cool side.

What colors look good on you? Cool tones look good in deep, vibrant colors, such as blue, purple, and emerald-green. Warm tones glow in earth tones like red, orange, yellow, and olive-green. If you can wear both shades, you have neutral undertones.

Do you like gold or silver jewelry? Cools look best in silver, while warms look great in gold.

What color are your eyes? Golden brown, green, and hazel are warm-toned. Black, deep brown, blue, and grey are cool toned.

  1. Find your perfect hair color shade

Fair complexions with warm undertones: Say hello to butterscotch, blonde, and honey. These shades play up the peachiness of your skin, while making you look glowy and healthy.

Fair complexions with cool undertones: Look for blue-based colors like platinum, flaxen (platinum with a bit of yellow), and champagne blonde (subdued creamy blonde that is infused with platinum and golden accents) to flatter your ivory complexion.

Medium complexions with cool undertones: Toasty hues like chestnut brown, auburn, and cinnamon look amazing on you. But that is not all, you can also go ebony brown and rich mocha, all these violet-based colors enhance the natural warm undertones of your complexion.

Medium complexions with warm undertone: Your skin tone can stand up to the intensity of a deep, rich brown or it can go for some subtle gold and honey highlights, to create a beautiful depth.

Deep complexions with warm undertone: If you have a warm undertone like try shades of maple brown (chocolate base interspersed with reddish highlights), mahogany, toffee, and other rich, warm colors to bring out the apricot tones in your skin.

Deep complexions with cool undertone: From deep to cool espresso to inky black all of these hair colors look amazing on your skin tone. The only rule to going deep, dark, and sultry is to never use permanent black hair dye. It is the hardest to remove or change and the condition of your hair can become compromised. Case in point? If you like to change it up between seasons, go for something a little less permanent than black.

  1. Know your products

For blonde hair: Purple shampoo, a must if you have been noticing unwanted brassy tones in your hair. Purple shampoo helps tone the hair and keep it on the cool side.

  • Clairol Shimmer Lights

Shimmer Lights refreshes faded highlights, removes the dull yellow in gray hair, and leaves hair shiny without residue and it can be used on natural or color-treated hair.

  • Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo

Avocado oil and sea buckthorn berry work their magic to bring damaged hair back to life, all while making your color look fresh.

  • dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo

Cool Blonde Shampoo neutralizes the hair’s yellow tones and reduces brassiness and warmth while it gently cleanses. Perfect for any hair color, it can be used on color-treated and natural hair.

For brown hair: If you want to revive your hair’s tone and texture without making a costly salon appointment, snag this salon-inspired glaze for brunettes. Its gives dark hair shades a high-gloss shine and a silky smooth texture.

  • DPHUE Color Boosting GLOSS

This semi-permanent hair color with deep conditioner will give you a fresh color and soft, shiny, vibrant hair. It intensifies and illuminates color-treated or natural hair in as little as three to twenty minutes with no ammonia and no mixing.

  • Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Rinse

Formulated for color treated hair, the Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Rinse is a luxe hair cream, completely clear, that helps enhance your hair color and prevent it from fading. Power-packed with botanical extracts and essential oils, the hair color cream not only maintains the vibrancy of your color, but also protects your hair and preserves its health and strength.

  • PRAVANA Nevo Color Enhancer Treatment

The Color Enhancers offer stylists a multitude of easy opportunities to build revenue by retailing the ideal Color Enhancer to every client who gets a color service done creating an express color boost service in-between visits or even as an add it on to a blow-dry service! What else you need to know: maintain the brilliance of your color and the health of your hair between salon services.

For black hair: Masques are all the rage. Sulfate-free toning masques with a blue-green toning complex eliminate orange/red brass and prevent fading.

  • Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask

This treatment penetrates deep into the hair to help restore elasticity and rebuild. Strength while repairing damage caused by chemicals and other environmental stresses. This unique formula is rich in vegetable proteins and will help bring out hair’s inner health, leaving it incredibly moisturized with a brilliant shine.

  • Tresemmé Nourish And Replenish Mask

The Tresemmé Botanique Nourish and Replenish System, featuring this hair treatment mask, delivers salon-quality performance with every wash. Their specially crafted hydrating formulas, with a blend of coconut milk and aloe vera, helps to replenish the moisture your hair needs to achieve the results you want.

  • Bee Mine BEE-U-Ti- FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner is made with creamy and emollient cupuacu butter to promote smooth and soft hair while boosting the rebirth of the hair’s natural moisture and elasticity. Highly beneficial for dry and damaged hair. BEE-U-Ti-FUL also provides protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays and helps to restore shine and moisture to stressed hair.

We hope we could set the record straight on all things color and skin tone so you can go out and find the shade that’s made for you.  But remember, there are no rules per se, as coloring hair is an expression and only you know the right shade for you. With an endless array of colors to choose from, learning about your skin tone is a great place to start. So, now you can go out and find the shade that is made for you, and only you.

Written By: Emily Nicole


A woman and her perfume

Makeup And Perfume Tips For The Busy Traveler

Keeping your makeup and perfume fresh when you are constantly traveling can be a challenge. In addition to constantly switching between different climates, you often do not have access to all the accessories you normally have at home. This is why you have to learn how to adapt between different situations and cope with what you have on hand. In this article, we are going to lay out a few simple makeup and perfume tips any busy traveler can apply:

Stay Moisturized

The most important thing when you are constantly traveling by air is to keep your skin moisturized. Re-circulated air in airplanes can be very damaging to the skin and will completely dry it out. One trick you could use is to moisturize the night before and on the day of your flight with a moisturizer that contains humectants such as hyaluronic acid for instance. Humectants pull moisture from the ambient air to keep your skin properly hydrated even in the harshest conditions.

Forget The Foundation

It would be wise to skip the foundation on the day of your trip as it may lead to even dryer skin. Stick to moisturizer only and apply a touch of tinted moisturizer just before you land. If you can’t go without your foundation, then you should at least wear some primer first. Primer will act as a barrier between your skin and the foundation. Not only will it save your skin from dehydration, but it will allow your blush and foundation to last longer.

Pay Attention to the Local Climate

When it comes to perfumes, you should know that different fragrances will express themselves much differently according to the climate. The ambient temperature as well as the temperature of your skin will affect how the molecules in the perfume react.

If you are going somewhere with a tropical climate, go for crisp green scents or fragrances like citrus for instance. These will burn quickly and will not bloom out like other scents. If you are going somewhere colder, then you could go for “bigger” floral scents like frangipani or tuberose. If you are looking to purchase summer or winter fragrances, you can go online and buy now on sites like Maple Prime.

Forget Long-Lasting Lipsticks

While they may be convenient in certain occasions, try to stay away from long lasting lipsticks when traveling. They have a tendency to dehydrate lips and leave them parched. Instead, try to apply several coats of a nice lip stain, let it dry completely, and cover with clear gloss. Re-apply lip gloss during the course of the day to keep your lips looking fresh.

You should also make sure that you carry lip treatment with you wherever you go. The air on buses and trains can get extremely harsh and a nice medicated lip balm will protect your lips without rubbing off your lipstick.

All these tips will allow you to look your best at all times no matter where you are. If you follow these instructions, you should be able to get by with the bare minimum you have on hand.

Concrete Home

How To Do Your Outdoor Designs With Concrete Products

Concrete is really one of the best ways to make a house look great. You can color concrete in any color that you want and you can have it set up in styles that actually match what you have going on outside. You could have a concrete pool, a concrete walkway, and you might have some concrete furniture. You simply need to trust that this material can make your space look perfect.

1. The Concrete Furniture

You could put a bench outside or a table made from concrete, and you will find that you might even have little stools made from concrete that go with the table. These little things add up to make the space outside a lot more fun and you could even put your concrete bench halfway across the lawn in your garden where people can go to sit and meditate.

2. The Wet Bar

The wet bar is a classic addition to any poolside area, but you must have the wet bar made from something that will stand up to the weather outside. Making the whole thing out of concrete makes it look amazing and it helps you have the wet bar set up, so that you can serve drinks all night if you want. Just imagine how much nicer this will look when it matches up with the rest of the things around the pool or on the deck.

3. The Patio

You could make your patio out of concrete, and you will find that you can have it poured just like anything else. However, this will not be a normal and boring patio. You can have any texture you want and you could have it polished if you want. You must ask if you could have your patio poured in the same style as the furniture and you will find that it all matches together very well.

4. The Garden Walls

Your outdoor design comes together at last when you have the garden walls made from the concrete that everything else is made out of. You will have a beautiful space that all fits together and you will notice that you can completely change the way the garden looks, because now it matches all the other things that are out there. You can make walkways that go to the garden with concrete and you might even have a concrete fence made that will help protect your space. You need to be certain that all these heavy structures match the rest of the patio and pool area.

Benchtops, furniture, pools, and more are all available, and you must have a look at how concrete can help you. You could make so many things out of concrete and you will see a change in the design of your home and everything around it. You must be certain that you have planned to get concrete products that you know will be the right color for the house and you should remember that each design could be unique to your home.

Deciding On The Right Feeding Bottles For The Babies

Breast milk is great for a baby. It is always available, sterile, and you do not require nipples, bottles, and sterilizations associated with the feeding bottles. Breast milk, moreover, helps in losing weight as it uses the calories. But, there may be plenty of reasons for opting for a bottle feed. You may not get sufficient milk or you may be working and so you cannot attend your baby all the time. There can be varied reasons for using the feeding bottles, but whatever be the reason, if you use bottles then other people can take care of your baby’s feedings, be it grandparents or your husband.

You can find a wide range of feeding bottles that are sold in the market for the babies. You can find curved bottles, straight bottles, angle-necked bottles, breast-shaped bottles, and bottles opened at both the ends. These bottles are made up of numerous materials including plastic, glass, polypropylene, and polycarbonate. The feeding bottles may be colored, plain, opaque, of colorful designs, and of various sizes. You can purchase the reusable bottles, ready to use bottles, and the disposable bottles. As there are so many different varieties of feeding bottles available in the market, mothers often find it confusing which one to buy and also Minbie bottle where to buy?

Purchasing the feeding bottles

Buy a feeding bottle is a little puzzling and it is your baby who decides for it. If your baby is happy with the feeding bottle, then continue it, or else, you have to keep on trying until your baby is completely satisfied with the bottle. At times, the feeding bottles cause problems to the babies like they may suffer from colic or too much air. These problems may not be due to the formula but because of the new bottles. While purchasing the bottles, you may have noticed that most of the bottles are certified BPA free.

Bisphenol-A or BPA is a chemical that is found in the polycarbonate and the plastic bottles. This chemical leaches out when the bottles are sterilized, when hot milk is poured or when milk is heated in the bottles. It is highly toxic and related to early commencement of obesity, puberty, diabetes, aggression, hyperactivity, impaired memory and learning, breast cancer, impaired immunity system, prostate cancer, miscarriage, and sperm defects. So, before buying the bottles, you should be really concerned regarding the toxic chemical. A wide range of these BPA bottles is available, which you can buy. However, if you are not much concerned then you can opt for the glass bottles.

Changing the feeding bottles

Changing a feeding bottle can be both frustrating, as expensive. Different kinds of bottles of different shapes and sizes are available and you have to choose between them. For the breastfeeding babies, the tastes that are similar to the breast shape are good and silicon is softer than the latex. Some of the feeding bottles such as the Minbie bottles are designed to provide support to the breastfeeding motion and latch. These bottles are very helpful, to begin with. If you want to know Minbie Bottle where to buy then search online.